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Jan 12th, 2008 at 11:14am
 
Hi. Smiley Iím new to this site and in desperate need of advice. For everyone to fully understand my problem/desperation Iíll provide you with some back story.
Iím 16. A couple of years ago my blonde hair turned into an ugly, nameless colour I can only describe as a mousy grey-brown. †Embarrassed Around a year ago I started to experiment with hair colour (in search of a colour that can actually be named!) and discovered that I love having dark red hair. It seems to be the only colour to suit me besides my former (traitorous) blonde.
Now to my problem! As nearly everyone knows, red hair colour is the fastest fading color around. Every time I dye my hair the perfect dark red, it takes about 2 weeks for it to turn a coppery orange colour. Also, every time I dye my hair it becomes weak and starts to fall out much more during brushing, which, I must admit, terrifies me. †Shocked I hate using chemicals on my hair. I started to use henna, but aside from henna being a nightmare to put on and giving my hair a disappointing carroty colour, it fades twice as fast as chemical infested hair dye.
I talked to a friend who happens to be a hairdresser about this and she told me that ďthe herbal stuff just doesnít workĒ and that I should just use hair dye, followed by semi permanent hair dye about once a month, and to use leave in treatment if my hair starts to fall out.
So, this is my last call before I start using chemicals again. I really donít want to do it, but I donít want to give up on having the perfect hair colour either. Can anyone help me?
Feel free to add your own queries about red hair.
Thankyou!
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Re: I need red hair that lasts!
Reply #1 - Jan 12th, 2008 at 3:54pm
 
Hello and welcome Cool

Sorry I can't help you with your questions but I am sure somebody here will be able to.

Jerry


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Reply #2 - Jan 12th, 2008 at 5:44pm
 
Hello, Samara  Smiley

Like you, I love dark red hair! That is the color I will go with when my natural hair starts going gray. And I think when that happens, I will just use a semi-permanent once a month. Seems eaiser to me than messing with henna and semi-permanents don't contain as many harmful ingredients as permanent hair colors.
    As a matter of fact, the creator of this site has very healthy, long hair that she colors dark red regularly.

Anyway, if that is the route you wish to take, be sure to take care of your hair afterwards with deep conditioning treatments at least once a week and products specifically formulated for colored hair. Just about everyone I know who has tried Pantene Expressions, for example, raves about it.

If you would rather take a more natural route, however, there are lots of women here who find great success with henna and herbal rinses, and I know that they will be happy to advise you.

Hope you find a solution to your problem soon. Cheers!  Smiley
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Reply #3 - Jan 13th, 2008 at 2:12am
 
Thank you, Angel Spun. Smiley I will certainly try out the Pantene Expressions products.
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Reply #4 - Jan 13th, 2008 at 12:31pm
 
No problem, hon.  Wink

And by the way, I must add that it's most refreshing to meet a 16 year old with proper spelling and grammar!
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Reply #5 - Jan 14th, 2008 at 5:57am
 
Thankyou  Grin. However, it's not that refreshing when it seems you're the only one in a class of thirty  Wink.
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Reply #6 - Jan 14th, 2008 at 4:59pm
 
Been there, done that, hon.  Roll Eyes
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Reply #7 - Jan 15th, 2008 at 10:55pm
 
Awwww, I'm so sorry to read about your problem SamaraNessa.  I have an idea that might solve your problem if you want dark red hair.  I've had my hair that color before over my blonde hair.  my hair was a light pale blonde too.  I had gotten bored with the blonde colour.  So, I darkened it by using this product by Garnier Fructis.  Boy, that was a big mistake.  The shade i applied to my hair was either a plum or a dark auburn.  The reason why i say that it was a big mistake is because a week or so after I applied the colour it started to fade to a purple colour!!!!

It looked like it was trying to lighten back up to being blonde again!!!!  I think it turned purple because of the plum color mixing with the blonde, and me still having the blonde highlights in it.  Well, a month later I put another red colour in by using this product called, "Creme Of Nature." I think the red shade was "Bright Red or Bright Auburn."  I did that and I really liked it. Then a week later I put a semi-permanent hair colour in my  hair which was a sunset red, and the turnout of the colour was really nice, and what I really wanted.

My hair was fiery red.  It looked just like fire and orangy.  Then a couple of weeks later I went back to being blonde again.  I bleached it to a golden blonde.  So, I've worn the blonde hair for 10 months, and just about 2 weeks ago I darkened my hair black now, and now that's fading away to a deep dark brown.  It's really nice though.

But if you want to go deep red or a red shade the by product to use is Nice N' Easy ColorSeal Gloss Coloring.  I've been using it since it came out last year, and it works my hair wonders!!!!  I've always been using Nice N' Easy products for many years!!!!!  And there's a deep conditioning tube that comes with the kit, and you will really love the deep conditioner after you have used it!!!!!  It leaves your just color-treated or highlighted hair so nice, soft, healthy, and shiny looking and feeling!!!!

I hope this has helped you!  Good Luck!
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Reply #8 - Jan 16th, 2008 at 12:26am
 
Thanks so much, Blondie35. I'll make sure to look out for the Nice N' Easy products.
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Reply #9 - Jan 17th, 2008 at 1:23am
 
You're welcome SamaraNessa.  You can purchase the Nice N' Easy products anywhere on the internet or at your local drug store or grocery store.  I think you can also purchase their products at their website as well. I think they direct you to their store's web link.  It is at:  www.walgreens.com. ; Because, they ask you if you want  to buy it then you click on buy, and they'll guide you to the walgreens website to where they are selling the products. 

Where are you from?  I always buy my hair coloring products from my favorite stores, and they are CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Ulta, Sally's Beauty Supply, Krogers, and Pulbix.  But you should beable to find the shade you want in Nice N' Easy.  They have Natural Black, Soft Black, Blue Black, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Dark Auburn, Light Auburn, Medium Blonde, Golden Blonde, Reddish Blonde, Ash Blonde, Light Pale Blonde, and Palest Light Blonde.  If you want to have highlights or all over blonde hair you would have to use a bleach.  Now, whenever I want to go blonde all I use is their Born Blonde Blonding Kit. Now, when I use that it turns my hair to a nice golden blonde.  It doesn't turn my hair blonde to the point of lightest that I actually want but it lightens it.

If I use a plane blonde shade on my natural dark or brown hair it will lighten it up to a bright auburn or a strawberry blonde.  Which I love on me too but I like for my hair to a very pale yellow shade like the shade of a banana or even lighter like almost white or platinum.  Not as white or platinum as Gwen Stefani's but white.  I think her hair is ultmately ultimately white.  I mean, I think her white colored hair is whiter than the natural color of white.  I like Jessican Simpson's sister's platinum blonde hair that she had one year.  Her name is Ashlee Simpson.  I love her as a  blonde rather than a brunette.  It's just like I like myself in both colors, and I love experimenting with different shades of colors!!!!!

I have fun changing up my hair color!!!!  Like, for the next 2 months I will have black and brown hair, and during the spring and summer months I will lighten it back up to blonde again but this time I am going to lighten it back up gradually not so drastically.  I'm not going to go from blonde to black, and then from black, brown, and back to blonde again.  What I am planning on doing between now and spring is right now have black hair for the months of January and Febuary, and then for the months of March, April, and May, lighten it to a nice brown.  Then in June lighten it to a nice medium brown, then in July lighten up to a bright red, then in August lighten it up to a bright or light auburn.  Then in September lighten it up a strawberry blonde.  Then in October lighten it to a medium blonde.  Then in November lighten it to a golden blonde.  Now, all of these processes I will most likely use a blonde shade color to lighten the dark hair.  That is the only way that you can lighten already color-treated hair.  If you go dark and then you want to go back to being light again it is best to gradually lighten up rather then drastically lightening.

And I think by gradually lightening up using the lightest blonde shade that you can find in Nice N' Easy, and continue to use the same blonde shade you started out with from when you first started lightening your  hair from it being black or dark brown, and in today's products of Nice N' Easy it says that if you use Lightest Neutral Pale Blonde, and if you have brown hair you can become a blonde in one step.  I'm not sure if they are just meaning light brown to blonde hair natural.  I really think that is what they mean.  Now, I can be a blonde if I had no color-treated hair from me coloring it black.  Another way I can go back to being blonde again too is that I could let all of my natural hair color grow out, and let all of the black color grow, and start all over again, and just have my hair bleached, and I will have it bleached at home instead of at a salon.  Because, the cost of salons nowadays is entirely too extensive just to have your hair bleached.

And for the shade I like my hair to be I can really do it at home without damaging my own hair.  I have done it several times.  But whenever I want to go ultra light blonde or platinum I use this really good bleaching at home product!!!!  It is by Revlon.  It is called, "Revlon Frost & Glow Blonding Kit."  Now mind you, this is not the latest Frost & Glow Blonding Kit, this is the oldest Frost & Glow Blonding Kit.  It is the product that was made during the years of 2002 through 2006 I think.  But they've discontinued it.  Now, I've  been able to find the product online at eBay.com at a really reasonable price!!!!  You can buy 3 boxes for $18.00.  But I really love the Revlone Frost & Glow Blonding Kit!!!!  It really lightens my hair up to a very very pale blonde shade.
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Reply #10 - Mar 25th, 2010 at 9:56am
 
Interesting to read about you changing your color a lot.  I am planning to try red.  It will be my first time in my 49 years of doing something drastic like that.

How do you deal with the reactions of other people?  I am feeling really chicken about going to work after I do this.
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Reply #11 - Jun 5th, 2010 at 1:10am
 
Honestly, you've just got to go for it. Do what makes you happy. It is, after all, your hair. I've dyed my chestnut-brown hair auburn and black in the last few years. No one has actually had the nerve to ask why I had done it but, I suppose, if they had, I would just have told them that I needed a change.  Grin

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Reply #12 - Jun 8th, 2010 at 3:14am
 
No one's ever asked me why I've changed my hair color either but I've got those looks of: "why?!".  It's my hair, I change it to please myself.  I can't and don't care to please everyone else.  I've only had streaks in the past 20 years.  It's actually 20 years since I last had a full color and it was red and it was awful on me.  Thankfully, no one said anything in school.  That's actually shocking in itself. Grin

I'd probably say something like Ophelia wrote or that it's just hair and I was curious what it would look like in x color and I was itching for a change that didn't involve major change in cut or texture. 

Actually, do as I say and not as I do. Wink  The long answers tend to make one appear insecure and then people think you need to be guided about the rights and wrongs. Roll Eyes
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Reply #13 - Jun 9th, 2010 at 6:03pm
 
Hi, Samarnessa, I know just what you mean about your hair color changing.  I had pretty blond highlights in light brown hair when I was a child, but the blond highlights faded and I ended up with anemic mouse brown.  I have dying it very dark brown for at least 20 yrs.  I have it done professionally once a month and use deep conditioning treatments about every 2 wks.  I shampoo and condition with Burt's Bees Volume products.  They are sulfate and paraben-free.  My hair is very fine and color gives it body.

You might want to try using a wooden comb, rather than a brush.  Especially if your hair is fine.  Ric the Combmaker is on-line and his combs are great.  Bone combs are also good.  Don't comb or brush your hair in the shower.  Wet hair stretches and breaks.

A very old-fashioned conditioning treatment is using mayonnaise.  Put it on your dry hair, cover with a plastic cap for 30 minutes, then shampoo.   It makes your hair shiny and really hydrates it.  You will love the softness.

Good luck with whatever you try.

BTW, I teach college freshmen and second the applause for the correct grammar and spelling.
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